[OPE-L:4172] Re: More on negative surplus value

Duncan K. Fole (dkf2@columbia.edu)
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 19:48:31 -0800 (PST)

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In reply to Gerry's OPE-L:3967:

It's helpful here to distinguish between capital losses the capitalists
suffer through changes in the money prices of their assets and negative
surplus value on production account.


>Michael P wrote in [OPE-L:3964]:
>> I believe that this process was in fact operative, at least in the U.S.
>> in the late 19th century. Technical change was rapid enough that
>> capitalists could not recover their capital outlays. In this
>> environment, both labor and capital suffered losses, even though the
>> economy was expanding rapidly. I suspect that something similar might
>> be brewing today.
>A couple of questions (with comments):
>(1) [an empirical/historical question] Re the late 19th century (in the
> advanced capitalist economies), I think you are right. Yet, I am
> curious about your comment that you believe "something similar might
> be brewing today." Where do you see the evidence of this possible
> development?
>(2) [a theoretical question for all] For the moment, let's suspend the
> talk about negative s. Under what conditions after exchange can there
> be a "deduction in value"? That is, what other than use can cause a
> decrease in commodity values *rather than* simply a redistribution of
> surplus-value among capitalists?
>In solidarity, Jerry

Duncan K. Foley
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